Help on name for a new restaurant

Discussion in 'The Late Night Cafe (off-topic)' started by esoltero, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. esoltero

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    Not sure if this is the right forum for this thread.  I would love your opininons.  I am about to open a restaurant, at the beginning it was only going to be pizza, pastas and italian desserts... but necessities have changed and I am expanding the menu.  My pizzas will be cooked on a brick oven with wood, I will have pastas, a few dishes with chicken and beef, hamburguers, soups, salads, all kinds of desserts and more...

    I am down to two names which me and my wife like both, if you have any idea of a different one of if you like one of the names below, please let me know.

    One name is Al dente and the other one is Gourmet Express

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. boar_d_laze

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    Anything but Gourmet Express.

    BDL
     
  3. gourmetm

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    I'm with BDL on that one. As for Al dente, there are already many restaurants by that name in existence throughout the US. Back to the drawing board?
     
  4. gourmetm

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    How about Pasta and?
     
  5. esoltero

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    I apologize I was not specific enough.  The restaurant will be in Mexico and I checked there are not too many restaurants with that name...

    As far as Gourmet express with the express on the name do you get the feeling that is fast food?  Or the name just plain sucks? haha... I would like to use the word gourmet on the name if possible, but I am open to new ideas.

    Thanks all.
     
  6. gourmetm

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    Gourmet Express does suggest fast food. As for using the word gourmet, I can't really comment on that due to a conflict of interest/img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
     
  7. tylerm713

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    "Al dente" would lead me to believe that the restaurant is chiefly a pasta restaurant. If that's not the case, you may want to rethink that one. "Gourmet Express" sounds like something you would get at an airport when you're in a hurry. Personally, I think the use of "gourmet" in the name of a restaurant is a bit conceited as well.
     
  8. the_seraphim

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    put up a sign that says "sorry i spent too much time on the food and didnt have time to think of a name" and use that
     
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  9. panini

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    where in Mexico. are you after tourists? gourmet express is probably taken world wide but I think it denoted franchise. If your going for authentic cusine

    then tell em what you got. Hole in the wall, grandmas table, Firehouse Pies, of course I love the name Panini!! etc.
     
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  10. the_seraphim

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    Call it   "two mexican firemen"

    when people ask about the name tell them its owned by two brothers

    josé and hose b
     
  11. gourmetm

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    Esoltero,

    I'm starting to understand more about what you're looking for as the thread continues.

    So, how about It's Italian ?
     
  12. john dt

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    A Bite of Italy   or  A Bite of Italy in Mexico ?????
     
  13. chefedb

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    Italian ! Lost in Mexico
     
  14. esoltero

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    I am in Nogales, which is right across the border from Arizona.  This restaurant will serve no turists at all, mostly locals.  The reason, I would not want italy on the name is because I will have other stuff on the menu that is not italian.  At the beginning it would've been good, but now around 60% of the menu is italian... the rest is not.  I even have tamales on the menu.  I have chocolate tamales with crystallized orange, this are consider somehow gourmet tamales if there is such thing as gourmet tamal.  I also have some kabobs made with chicken, bacon, zucchini and onion and before serving I put some tamarind salsa on top.

    I also have hamburguers... I have one with pinneaple, one that I put some chipotle salsa, so it is not your regular hamburguer. 

    Thanks all for your contributions
     
  15. ishbel

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    Why not go for a punchy one word name, eg  'Zest'?
     
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  16. gourmetm

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    How about Gastronomy ?
     
  17. durangojo

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    if you're insistant on having gourmet in the name...how about 'gourmet to go' ? el gourmando? el gordo gourmando?...

    joey
     
  18. boar_d_laze

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    I don't understand. Why are you looking for an English name? What's wrong with something Spanish? If you like the idea of "gourmet" as a way of talking about elevated and original food, in Spanish it's not nearly as hackneyed or problematic. Take the examples "La Sibarita" or "Gastronomo Andale!" for instance. Either is far better than "Gouremet Express," and both give a better idea of what you're up to than "Al Dente."

    "Alfonso Diente's" is kind of cute. So are "Cafe Alfonso Diente," and "Diente de Alfonso." The more I think about it the more Al grows on me. Un vato simpatico, no?

    Buena suerte,
    BDL

    PS. Of course there are "gourmet" tamales, in the way you mean "gourmet." But just remember that the term "gourmet" has negative connotations in the US. Because it was so overused in the seventies and eighties, it now makes us suspicious that someone is trying to sell something not very good.
     
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  19. esoltero

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    I am not necessarily looking for a name in English.  Gourmet is the same in english and spanish and Al dente is a world wide expression.  I am right across the border from the US, so having a name in english is not a weird thing here since there is a lot of influence from the US.  I do not care if the name is in English, Spanish, French or Italian as long as it's a good name.

    Oh and why Alfonso? haha who is Alfonso?  :)
     
  20. chefedb

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    Since restaurants fail very fast Instead of    I-Hop   call it   I- Hope.